Message from the Vice Chair

Welcome to the research program of the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Considering the growth of the aging population in the United States, geriatrics and palliative care research is integral to improving the health and health care of our communities. Alongside our Department’s excellent patient care and educational components, the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine is a national leader in conducting groundbreaking research that informs the care of older adults and people with serious illnesses.

We are proud of our strong and consistent track record of funded and published patient and population-based research. Our research spans topics including pain management; evaluation of hospital and community-based palliative care models; informal caregiving; medical decision-making; patient-physician communication; and health care access, delivery, value, and utilization for older adults, people with serious illness, and their families.

Our Department is also home to the Patty and Jay Baker National Palliative Care Research Center—which houses the National Palliative Care Research Center (NPCRC) and the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC)—as well as a Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center (OAIC). We are also home to the Institute for Care Innovations at Home, an epicenter of home-based care research and the official academic partner to Mount Sinai at Home. We are proudly affiliated with the Geriatric Research, Educational and Clinical Center (GRECC), located at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center in the Bronx.

I am proud to work alongside our multi-disciplinary team of investigators (including full-time investigators and clinician-researchers), who have dedicated their careers to the mission of improving quality of life and health care for people with serious illnesses and for older adults.

The Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine has developed an infrastructure to support our investigators and faculty interested in research. Faculty have access to a range of resources for needs, including career development, grant submission, budget management, assistance with submissions to the Institutional Review Board, and analytic support. Our research staff includes data analysts, and a program manager, as well as project-specific management and coordination professionals.

I hope that you enjoy learning about our Department’s investigators, programs, and resources throughout our research pages. We invite you to contact us with any questions.

Melissa D. Aldridge, PhD, MBA
Vice Chair for Research
Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine